'Busted' elbow could end Laurel Hubbard's weight-lifting career

A champion lifter when still classified as male critics say Laurel Hubbard cannot be beaten as a female

A champion lifter when still classified as male critics say Laurel Hubbard cannot be beaten as a female

The 40-year-old New Zealander, who lived as Gavin Hubbard until four years ago and competed at national level as a man, finished second in the women's super-heavyweights behind American Sarah Robles at the world championships in December last year.

Hubbard reportedly made her transition to turn into a lady on the age of 35 and he or she has happy each standards below Commonwealth Video games guidelines to qualify for the ladies's over-90kg lifting occasion.

"A man is a man and a woman is a woman and I know a lot of changes have gone through, but in the past Laurel Hubbard used to be a male champion weightlifter", said Michael Keelan, chief executive of the Australian Weightlifting Federation.

'Not everyone supports me or accepts me but there are people who do, ' she said.

Since Hubbard became eligible to compete in global events at the start of past year, her involvement has polarized views in weightlifting.

She formally withdrew from the competitors after consulting New Zealand's medical workers, regardless of main the occasion heading into the clear and jerk part.

He had been impressed by her attitude at the Games.

"People are entitled to their opinion but at the end of the day I think she's pretty courageous for what she's been doing".

"It seems likely that I have ruptured a ligament or some fairly significant tissue damage, but until we have further scanning we won't know the details or extent of the injury".

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"We can always go back and re-run these things in our heads, but the truth is unless we try to be the best person and athlete we can be, then really we're not being true to sport".

I have absolute certainty that Hubbard did not transition simply to win weightlifting medals.

Hubbard claimed that her silver medal at the World Championships previous year proves she does not have an unfair advantage.

While the spectators naturally reserved their loudest cheers for home favorite Deb Lovely-Acason, Hubbard's first appearance on the stage was warmly applauded.

Samoa's Feagaiga Stowers won the gold medal, with Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru taking silver. "It felt like just a big embrace".

However, others have argued in Hubbard's favour, and English lifter Emily Campbell reportedly added to the UK's Telegraph: "She just wants to lift". "But there's no indication at all that they were anything other than absolutely fantastic".

She said it's too early to decide if she'll continue to weightlift.

Despite this, Hubbard put on another 3kg for a 130kg hoist for her next lift.

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